Kazakhstan detains almost 10,000 over ‘foreign-backed’ deadly unrest

Kazakhstan detains almost 10,000 over 'foreign-backed' deadly unrest

Security forces in Kazakhstan have detained nearly 10,000 people in connection with last week’s deadly unrest, the country’s interior ministry said on Tuesday.

Dozens of people have died and public buildings have been vandalized over the past week in the worst violence the Central Asian nation has experienced since its independence in the early 1990s.

The mass protests began in the oil-rich country’s western province of Mangistau on January 2, after the government decided to lift price control on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) — a move that roughly doubled gas prices in a matter of days.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has said militants from other central Asian nations and Afghanistan, as well as the Middle East, were among the attackers. He called the unrest a coup attempt.

Authorities in Kazakhstan have accused foreign elements of stoking the unrest, which they allege aims to “undermine the security and integrity of the state by force, using…

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